Camp Russell offers a full Trail to First Class experience. Our conservation and forestry area has won national awards. When Samuel T. Russell made his initial gift of land in 1918, he started a tradition that has lasted more than 90 years. From an idea, Camp Russell has become one of the premier camps in the country camping more than 1000 youth each summer from communities all throughout the East.
BOY SCOUT BASE CAMP
Base Camp at Camp Russell is for Boy Scouts (ages 11-18 or grades 6-12) and runs for 5 weeks. Ith 6 one—week sessions, it’s a great opportunity for Scouts to work Merit Badges that cannot be completed at home. The camp’s adventure and placement programs give Scouts the opportunity to share great experiences with existing friends and make lots of new ones.
Scout – 2nd Class
Russell Ranger Program, Mile Swim, Leave-No-Trace, Totin’ Chip, Firem’n Chit, Paul Bunyan, First Aid, CPR*
1st Class – Eagle
50 Miler, Merit Badges, Trek Base Programs, and World Conservation Award
*All Scouts who participate in the Russell Ranger Program receive the Russell Ranger Patch
TREKS & OUTPOSTS
Treks & Outposts are great for older Scouts and entire troops.These hands-on experiences include camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, GPS, and outdoor skills. Scouting Go & Do programs like these focus on the challenge, rather than rank advancement or Merit Badges.
*Refer to Trek Fees
** Basic Camp Fee plus $60.
Adventure Week is a co-educational week where Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers.This camp provides the opportunity to complete or start Awards and spend more time on Waterfront, Conservation and Shooting activities. This session also has excursions to local sites and museums, such as the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake and the Wildlife Center.
Adventure Week has many activities not available at Base Camp including motor boating, scuba diving, snorkeling, and waterskiing.
Fees are waived for 2 Adult Leaders at Base Camp with 8+ paid Scouts per Troop. Out-of-Council Scouts at Base Camp, add $15 to fees. All fees increase $15 after June 1st.
Special Trek Fees
All of our camps are regulated by the New York State Department of Health and accredited by the Boy Scouts of America based on the organization’s National Camping Standards.
Camp scholarships are available through Operation Sunshine sponsored by the Utica Observer Dispatch. For an application, visit our Website at scoutingcny.org, call the Scout Service Center at (315) 735-4437.
The Council has staff to accommodate a Scout wants to come to camp without leadership.
For more information, please contact Rolland Miner, Camp Director at the Scout Service Center by calling (315) 735-4437.